Don't stress over how you glue them in or arrange them, just enjoy the process. You could layer them up like a mood board and rip the edges of each piece for a more rough look. Or space it all out neatly so you can easily see and differentiate between each cut out. Leave lots of room in between each piece to colour in the blank spaces. Grab some pens, the colouring type or the biro type and annotate. It doesn't have to be an essay, just a few words to say why you liked it. You don't have to write anything. You could doodle instead. I used a 'You' magazine which is the Sunday supplement to The Daily Mail. Here's some examples of mine: (my 2 year old wanted to join in too, so if you see any child like marks, he needs to take the credit!)
A while ago in our Church we were taught to think outside the box for what people automatically think of as being creative. Not just art or writing for example. If you can problem solve, that is being creative. If you can design, that's another example. To me, this is old news but it is still surprising the misconception around creativity.
So not everyone is a fine artist but everyone doodles! So just let your mind and your pen wander. If it's fear holding you back, remember, this is for you. No-one else needs to see this if you don't want them to. This is about you, enjoying a bit of 'me' time.
- Choose a magazine you are happy to tear apart to 'cut out and keep'. So this needs to be one you enjoy reading (otherwise, you may not find an awful lot that speaks to you) but that you are not so attached as to dessicrate it!
- Have a flick through and cut out images, quotes, words, articles that really speak to you. Things that pop out the page to you that make you think 'ooh, I love that!' Or 'hmm, that's interesting'. Anything that inspires you, sparks your imagination or stirs up passion in you. For example, in the You magazine I used, one of the fashion shoots had a background of mountains and lakes. For me this evoked ideas of travel or a peaceful retreat. Often it can be something so simple!
- Arrange and glue. This is the fun part! Group your images into categories if you are that way inclined then just go for it! Collage, colour, doodle, annotate, draw.
- Write the date and as an optional extra, if you are new to this sort of thing, why not journal your experience? Journalling is amazing and it's a great way to start getting into writing.